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Belgian-Style Dubbel - Choc Beer Co. / Pete's Place

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BA SCORE
86
very good

103 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 103
Reviews: 62
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 14.62%
Wants: 9
Gots: 11 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Choc Beer Co. / Pete's Place visit their website
Oklahoma, United States

Style | ABV
Dubbel |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: stephens101 on 10-24-2008

20 IBU

Gold at GABF in '09
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Ratings: 103 | Reviews: 62
Reviews by ryan58813:
Photo of ryan58813
4.15/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a hazy dark copper, tan head.

Belgian candy, high acidity and fruitiness. Definitely taste at cool or room temperature.

Flavor hints of toffee or slight coffee. Tropical fruits with deep hops and warm bite.

High carbonation is well balanced with silky and thicker texture.

I was overall pleasantly surprised with complexities and by far my favorite to come from Pete's Place so far.

More User Reviews:
Photo of BeerAdvocate
4.5/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Review from BeerAdvocate Magazine Issue #38 (Mar 2010):

Dark russet clarity still shines in the light, and a fading head holds on for a long time. Green plantains, golden raisins, brown bread and a hint of Band-Aid in the nose. Smooth with a big crisp snappiness in the medium body. Starts off with a dry, roasty, toasty maltiness; fruitiness ranges from burnt raisins to baked apples. Light hopping is there just to balance. Alcohol is present with a slight warmth. Light on the medicinal phenols; nutty yeast, similar to walnuts. Hints of cocoa powder and toasted bread in the semi-dry finish.

Dry and drinkable, yet semi-complex and a dry-ish malt bomb. Nice for a change to have a Dubbel that does not rely on that typical sweet alcoholic combo; it rivals its Belgian counterparts.

Photo of Mora2000
3.59/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Upon opening, the beer gushed out of the top of the bottle. Luckily, it turns out the beer was just overcarbonated and not infected.

The beer pours a hazy brown color with a tan head. The aroma is a mix of alcohol, toffee and raisins. The flavor is very heavy on the dark fruit - specifically raisins. I also get some apples, Belgian candi sugar, toffee and alcohol. Medium mouthfeel and medium to high carbonation.

Photo of whoneeds8
4.09/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Westmalle chalice a dark amber with a very thin head. The scent is very strong of grapfruit notes and belgian yeast. The flavor is also strong, a rather nice suprise. Lots of carmeled malted front end. Some of that grapefruit flavor is in there also with some raisin after taste. The mouthfeel is perfect for the style with just the right amount of carbonation.

Photo of chinchill
3.83/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 4

Pours lightly hazy, dark brown-amber from a 22 oz bottle., Had a huge, medium density, tan head on top that settled fairly quickly.

Smell: Bready with dark fruits and subtle chocolate. [Served too cold, probably impairing the aroma and flavor.]

Taste: WAY more like a Belgian quad than expected, with a alcohol presence that seemed more like 9%. Also seemed more like a barrel-aged beer than one would expect. The apparent booziness is not unwelcome, and seems to add complexity, if perhaps overwhelming some more subtle flavors.

Mouthfeel: Medium+ body with medium-high carbonation; harsh for style.

Overall: A pretty good, but not great, example of the dubbel style; Compared to a true Belgina dubbel, this one has a more intense flavor (more like a quad) and, perhaps, is slightly less aromatic.

Photo of Sammy
3.9/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Looks, smells, tastes more or less, as a dubbel. Appearance of amber -golden body with some white head of yeast, and tads of lace. Medium plus mouthfeel, creamy. Smells double Belgian yeast, you know. Taste was hasher in first half of body. A spot-on dubbel, though harsher, aggressive on palate really, at least at first, than I would have thought.

Photo of nickd717
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bomber via trade thanks to stephens101 on BA. GABF gold medal displayed on the bottle.

Very nice deep ruby-amber color with a nicely formed off-white head and some lacing.

Aroma is very fruity and malty. Red berries, caramel, and lots of phenols. Some Belgian yeast as well.

Flavor is a bit metallic, but otherwise very good and to style. Fruity phenols and esters, caramel malt, and Belgian yeast.

Medium body with fairly lively carbonation.

Pretty drinkable, and solid overall. Well what do you know, a Belgian dubbel from Oklahoma and it's not even half bad. Crazy.

Photo of russpowell
4.21/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a brown tinged chestnut with a finger of tan head. Nice oily sheen to this, some lacing & head retention

S: Fruitty with a hint of mint & phenols, plus green banana

T: Bananas, a touch of minty hops, pears, & apple skins up front. Carob & bananas as this warms, along with a touch of fusel alcohol that works for this style, plus a touch of herbal hops & juicy fruit, figs & a nice nuttyness too. Finishes figgy with a touch of Granny Smith apples & dryness & just a kiss of dirty booze

MF: Light/medium bodied with a bit too sharp carbonation that smoothed way out half way though

Drank really easy for the style, not spot on, but damn close & artfully executed. I will happily buy many of these to send as extras in trades, nice for me to finally see something (besides their biere de garde) I can crow about from Oklahoma. ( there are some good draft beers as well ). Fantastic value for $6 a bottle. This one needs to start at cellar temp, not any cooler

Photo of bashiba
4.15/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a hazy coppery brown color with a big creamy tan head, nice retention with moderate lacing.

Has a sweet toffee nose with some pineapple and mango fruit overtones and a touch of Belgian candy sugar.

Has a nice woody flavor with hints of toffee, candi sugar, tropical fruits, and a banana yeasty goodness along with some nice earthy hops balancing it out nicely.

The mouthfeel has a nice bit of carbonation with a creamy and full thickness to it.

Very solid and spot on Dubbel, a very good American version of the Belgian classic.

Photo of Ek0nomik
3.23/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured In: Snifter

Appearance: The pour is an auburn and bistre color with three fingers of head. Lace is practically non-existent, and the head retention is okay. The beer appears to be quite effervescent.

Smell: The nose is a mixture of raisins, plums and a bit of pepper. There is a little bit of alcohol coming through as well as some sugary malt.

Taste: The tasting starts out with some rather sweet malt that lingers for quite some time. The spices and fruits start to come out at the end revealing more plum, raisin, cherry and a dash of pepper. The finish is moderately dry.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, carbonation was a bit high for my liking.

Drinkability: The alcohol in this seems higher than eight percent to me, but, what do I know. This is an enjoyable beer, though the amount of sweetness that crosses that palate was a bit much The beer has a very nice fruit profile which I wouldn't change, but I'd lower the alcohol, thin out the body (mostly in carbonation) and I think this would be a more drinkable beer.

Photo of EagleTalon
4.17/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours to a thin off-white head and hazy amber-red color. Aroma is complex, fruity and spicy with caramel, vanilla and fruit notes. Flavor is Belgian all the way with fruity and malty flavors dominating, with some malt sweetness balanced by the hops and the drying effect of the 8% alcohol. Mouthfeel is medium and very effervescent. Overall, this is a very good example of the style, technically flawless and totally above reproach.

Photo of Docer
3.8/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Finally cracked this bottle I received in a trade...

- Nice creamy dark brown sugar-like color with an everlasting creamy off-white head and lacing all about....

- Pleasant ester and currant scent with a robust sweet malt and sugar... little bit of alcohol and zest.

- Sweet malt... bit too sweet... but a great balance of ester fruit sweetness and Belgian yeast mix... overall nice.

- Bit sweet and sticky... but not too dry.

- Drinkable, and a very nice offering from Choc. Great carbonation and appearance... perfected for what it is!

Photo of Beejay
2.88/5  rDev -24.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Medium brown with deep garnet hues. nice light tan head, though it dissipates to a thin layer fairly fast.

S: I am picking up a lot of roasted notes, as well as a oaky maple syrup type of smell. It almost smells like an English Barley wine. Perhaps some sugar candy and raisons. I am missing that belgian yeast character. It smells good, just very un-dubbel to me.

T: The taste is good, but also seems more like an English Barley wine to me. Some nice roasted notes, a touch of fusel alcohol. Raisons and dark bread, and perhaps a touch of tin. There is a bit more of a fruity flavor that I tend to associate with Belgian yeast, but overall it comes off as askew from the style. Slight medicinal flavors.

M: The mouthfeel is fairly thin in general, with a carbonation that dances on your tongue.

O: It seems like this brew doesn't have enough of the Belgian characteristics to be a great dubbel, and it seems to lack body.

Photo of Ambiorix
3.03/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Dark brown pour, with a foamy tan head that faded all too quickly.

S: Fruity, estery, sweet, bready malt, cherry.

T: Thin, estery, bready malt, cherry. A little stale tasting, not in a good way--cardboard, slightly metallic.

M: Thin, undercarbonated for the style. A little too sweet.

D: Pretty average overall. Too thin, not carbonated enough, lacks the character I expect in a Dubbel. For this to have gold-medaled, it must have been a bad year for Dubbels.

Photo of yamar68
3.99/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Thanks 4balance for this beer. It's been on my radar for some time now. Poured from bomber to pokal:

Pours a nice ruby red / pear gold body with a noisy finger of off white head that dissipates almost instantly. Steady, slow beading.

The nose is certainly Belgian - sour bread, figs, red grapes, some funky yeast, raisins, there's a touch of soft wood if you really hunt for it.

On the tongue, it's a bit more agreeable than many true Belgian dubbels. There's a certain level of balance that you might not be familiar with.

I wish the mouthfeel was a bit thicker. One of my favorite aspects of the quad/dubbel genre is that velvety consistency. Apart from that though, this beer is well executed.

Photo of happilysurly
3.08/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A: Pours a dark red amber. A little more than a finger of head with great retention.

S: Dull sweetness and very malty. Subtle orange peel but otherwise no citrus aroma.

T: Malty and a smack of metallic taste immediately. I did not see that coming and I did not like it.

M: Damn, all I can taste is metal. Its a shame because there was a lot of potential here. Maybe I got a bad batch or something.

D: I won't have this one again. I may not even finish the 22 oz bottle I have here.

Later that night...

Ok, I'm starting to come around a LITTLE BIT. This beer has more to offer than metallic taste, though I still can't get past that flavor.

Photo of eclaycamp
3.76/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 ounce bomber as part of my haul from Midtown in Tulsa. Pours a dark ruby red with minimal bubbly head that quickly fades away. Smells of fruitcake and other spice - nutmeg, clove. Kind of like Christmas in a bottle. Taste is of fruitcake and figs. Slight malt character and sweetness in the finish with some heat from the alcohol. Further sips yield notes of brown sugar and cherry. Needs more malt character to balance out how sweet it is. It's highly carbonated but has a disappoiting body for a beer this tasty. Decent example of a Belgian dubbel, may be a little too sweet for some palates.

Photo of GeezLynn
4.02/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle received in a trade with Coldmeat. Poured into a Koningshoeven chalice.

A: Cherry wood brown with a tan foam collar.

S: Very bright and fruity yeast aromas. Grape and banana in particular are apparent along with a touch of caramel malt. Smells like it should be pretty sweet.

T: Starts slightly sweet with raisin, apple and bready flavors, followed with a little spice. Finishes a little short and on the dry side.

M: Medium-bodied with light carbonation resulting in a pretty smooth feel.

This is a little lighter than some of the better known dubbels out there, but is well-done, especially the aroma. Easily the best beer i have had from Choc and would be happy to drink again.

Photo of weeheavybutdieting
4.58/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A growler from Ale Yeah, Roswell, GA served in a Westmalle chalice.

A - A dark bourbon brown with a fizzy head that runs away quickly and no lacing from my sampling.

S - Sweet caramel notes with a hint of buttery bread.

T - The caramel and roasty malt goodness comes through on the front end of the palate. Surprisingly the middle carries a little hops nugget. It leaves on the back-end with a nice buttery belgian taste you would expect with some of the roasted taste coming back for an encore.

M - The battle between the tight carbonation and the slippery feel (Who said Diacetyl is a bad thing) keep your mouth from being bored.

O - A very good and fairly complex representation of the style. If you are looking for a dubbel with a little something extra then this beer won't disappoint at all. Yet another quality effort from the little brewery from OK.

Photo of GbVDave
4.15/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bomber into a St. Bernardus goblet. Extra special thanks to thehand for this extra in our recent trade!

A: Pours a color like the "Burnt Orange" Crayola crayon. Hazy and quite actively carbonated. Sitting on top is a beautiful layer of light tan cream that forms a perfectly silky blanket. Retention is fantastic and large ropes and chunks of lace are left clinging to the glass.

S: Big nose of toffee, candi sugar, and plums. Along the way I also noticed vanilla, caramel, pan roasted nuts, more dark fruit, spices, tangy orchard fruit, toasted malt, and some vaguely tropical hops.

T: Flavors of dark fruit, toffee, nuts, candi sugar, and tangy fruit. Also noted were caramel, milk chocolate, grassy hops, and a vaguely metallic/mineral flavor. The flavors are very nice, but the taste doesn't pop quite like the smell does.

M: Creamy, sweet, and slick in the beginning and for much of the middle. As the finish begins to come about, the mouthfeel turns slightly drier and spicier and also with a touch of fruity tang. Nice combo of spicy hops and/or pepper & spices in the finish, as well.

D: What an excellent surprise! I'd never heard of this brewery before last week and now I'm totally eager to try more from them. Subdued sweetness and subtle spiciness plus no hint of alcohol make for an exceptional experience.

Photo of kylejohnson03
4.2/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a goblet.

A: Pours a hazy dark amber color, with a finger of tan head. Good lacing on the side of the glass as I give a gentle swirl, reduces down into a nice ring that sits atop the beer.

S: Dark fruits, sweetness, and belgium yeastiness you expect from a good dubbel.

T: Flavors are spot on what you would expect from a good dubbel. Caramel, malty, just a touch of alcohol.

M/D: Thick, almost sticky mouthfeel (not a bad thing, however). Medium carbonation, drinks very smooth and finishes well.

A very good offering from Choc, was excited to pick up a bottle and this is definately going to be one I pick up often. Since it is a local, it's also a great value at around 5 bucks for a 22oz bomber. For the money and the taste I can see myself picking this over some of my other belgian-style favorites.

Photo of 4balance
4.32/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a St. Bernardus Chalice, bottle spewed foam when I opened it, luckily it was over the sink!

Brownish-red murky color with 1/2" off white head that immediately dissipated to a small ring with minor lacing that also disappears quickly.

Smells like sweet bread, booze, spice, caramel and malts.

Tastes even better that the smell, buttery sweet bread, caramel, toffee, dates, golden raisins, malty with slight peppery spice to the finish to balance it out.

Rich creamy mouthfeel with a sweet buttery essence, medium bodied.

Overall a really good Belgian Style Dubbel from a local American brewery - Highly recommended. Cheers ~

Photo of Thorpe429
3.55/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to a generous trader for sending this one out my way a few months back. Served in a Mikasa goblet.

Pours a rusty copper with a bit of a reddish hue. Fizzy two-finger head forms off of a hard pour, though that quickly recedes into a thin cap without any real lacing.

The nose brings a bit of caramel and dark fruit. Some bread crust there as well. Faint pepper and phenolic. The dark fruit character is fairly mild, though I'd say it is the most dominant. The flavor adds a bit of sweetness and a bit more pepper. Dark fruits throughout. Medium body with fair carbonation. Light alcohol presence. Fairly dry in the finish as well after a semi-sweet palate. Pretty decent, but not something I'd seek out again.

Photo of AgentZero
2.96/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

A - Reddish brown color beer with a bit of a tan head that left behind some moderate lace.

S - Kind of an odd dubbel. A bit malt-heavy, with some dark fruit coming through. Slightly boozy as well.

T - Sweet malts, with dark fruits, raisins, and some spices. It's overly malty, kind of bizzare, and not great. Bit of booze.

M - Didn't care for this, too thin with too much carbonation.

O - Don't like this take on a dubbel. Too thin, malty, boozy, and carbonated. It's not like it's horrible, but I find it a poor and weird example of the style, or a bad take on it.

Photo of dpnelson1978
3.6/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

22 oz. bottle into glass tulip.
45°F

$7.99 / ea.

A: Deep copper body topped with a big rocky tan head that dissipates quickly leaving a thin creamy cover.

S: Sweet ripe fruit aromas dominate. Banana, plum, and molasses. Hints of booze throughout. No hop presence to speak of.

T: Boozy ripe banana profile with a sweet malt backbone. Finishes clean with only the slightest cloying or bitter hop flavor.

M: Light to medium body with moderate carbonation. Rounded smoothness throughout with a strong carbonic bite at the end. Finishes dry.

D: Just a tad too sweet for me to drink in volume, but the taste and aroma are interesting, and the mouth is acceptable. Good beer, but one is plenty.

O: Decent selection. I'll be interested in trying more from this brewery.

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Belgian-Style Dubbel from Choc Beer Co. / Pete's Place
86 out of 100 based on 103 ratings.